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The Salmon of Doubt Audiobook

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

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Publisher's Summary

Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mind of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is a treasure; his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius.

©2005 Douglas Adams; (P)2009 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Edited by Peter Guzzardi and with an introduction by Christopher Cerf, this bittersweet collection comprises letters, fragments of ideas for books, films and TV, ruminations on a diverse array of subjects and a good bit of a final unfinished novel by the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series....Included are a letter to the editor of a U.K. boy's magazine (written in 1965, when Adams was 12); a reminiscence about his lifelong love for the Beatles, written when he was in his 40s; a 1991 piece from Esquire entitled "My Nose"; and an undated article for the Independent espousing his preference for whiskey." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's hard to classify this cornucopia, selected by Christopher Cerf from Adams's papers after his untimely death, but Hitchhiker fans will want it." (Library Journal)

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    Jamie 07-29-17
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    "beautifully written, not as well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who liked Douglas Adams or any of his books. It has a number of amazing anecdotes and life stories. It does occasionally feel a little monotonous and I don't like the read of chapters 1-5, they are touching but they weren't as interesting


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    Bill Murray St. Pete Fl. 06-28-16
    Bill Murray St. Pete Fl. 06-28-16 Listener Since 2004
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    "Is sorely missed"

    What a great book. I think this was the perfect way to treat what he left.

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    Joe 04-10-16
    Joe 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a Hitchhikers Guide Book"

    A great book to offer some insight into Douglas Adams, but this is definitely not a Hitchhikers Guide book. This is a collection of short stories by Adams, a collection of interviews with Adams, and a collection of thoughts put into writing from Adams.

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    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 03-27-10
    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 03-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A Bit of Editing Wouldn't Have Hurt"

    This collection of shards and fragments, bits and pieces, would be more of a pleasure for the many fans of Adams, had someone taken the trouble to edit his various notes, comments, memoes and the like. Instead, it was all thrown into the mix -- where no one seems to have noticed the same stories told over and over again. I guess it was edited by the Redundancy Department of Redundancy...

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    Aamund 01-07-11
    Aamund 01-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A book...not really"

    I was dissapointed that it is basically excerpts of speeches, newspaper columns, etc, not a book. That's after an hour of listening. For me, a total waste of money.

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    Mirek Lodz, Poland 05-09-10
    Mirek Lodz, Poland 05-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Witty & serious ..."

    Douglas Adams's book, "The Salmon of Doubt"; is a set of posthumous Adams's writings, collected, edited and published in 2001 - one year after Douglas Adams sudden death.

    The most important part of the book - "The Salmon of Doubt": itself is only a part of the book. To me it is totally surrealistic, absurd, satiric story that has - as always with Adams - deeper philosophical sense as it describes absurdity of our life and our habits...

    But my deeper attention was directed to the "Is there an Artificial God?" speech Adams gave at Cambridge in 1998 - which is also a part of the book. In that speech Adams recapitulates his views on religion. He was a devout atheist and based his atheism on logical thinking and the belief in science.
    I must say - that is some sense I like his opinions. Although I'm not an atheist, well, I'm strong theist, I value his thoughts - because what they ridicule and oppose is not the true faith - but it's typical distortion...

    However, I must also say that Douglas's arguments, as well as most atheists arguments are also very superficial...

    They usually (and so is Douglas doing) build their arguments on the fact that since Darwin and all other scientific discoveries - we no longer NEED G-d's idea. Certainly - we no longer need it !

    We, indeed, don't need the idea of G-d which is the last resort for our failing minds and ideas ...
    But we (those who believe) don't think of G-d as the EXPLANATION - we think of Him as of the "who - who is calling" ....

    To all those who do not seek for philosophical tones - it is fantastic, homourous and witty book. Strongly recommended !!

    More on my blog (sopekmir)

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    SherryH 06-10-17
    SherryH 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    I'm just so sorry we didn't get to see the completed story. Dirk Gently is my favorite.

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    Robert L. Greater Atlanta, GA area 05-25-17
    Robert L. Greater Atlanta, GA area 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a book. A collection of editorials and such."

    Pass on this unless you want to listen to a random collection of editorial pieces with vapid intros from mindless idiots like Richard Dawkins.

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    Chad Baltimore, MD 03-02-17
    Chad Baltimore, MD 03-02-17
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    ""Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time""

    "Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time", The eponymous unfinished novel is a posthumous collection of previously published and unpublished material by Douglas Adams.

    It consists largely of essays about technology and life experiences, but its major inclusion is of the incomplete novel on which Adams was working at the time of his death, The Salmon of Doubt (from which the collection gets its title, a reference to the Irish myth of the Salmon of Knowledge). Was set to be a new Dirk Gently Novel or a Sixth HGTTG Novel he was still unsure of which.

    As the numerous interviews with him reprinted in The Salmon of Doubt attest, Adams was a keen and logical person, a disciple as well as a friend of Richard Dawkins, and a proselytising unabashed atheist.
    Read by friends and told through interviews essays and his unpublished work are stories of the man who brought happiness and joy, science and exploration to a generation

    Printed in the wake of his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 49
    This is a must for any true fan of Douglas Adams works. Highly Recommended

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    Cory Goldberg 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Last words from a brilliant man"

    the narration was amazing, and brought to life such a versatile man. the book is a series of shorts and articles and interviews. It introduced me to the wide variety of writings and areas of expertise of this author. I found it truly inspirational, and it even gave insight into his writing technique.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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